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amerigirl05
« on: November 21, 2009 12:46:02 AM »

I know, I know, but what do you call these other than glitter balls?



The glitter's on the inside, so they look nice and don't make a mess!

All you need is:
-clear glass ornaments
-adhesive spray glue
-glitter

Take the hanger top off the ornament.
Hold the glue nozzle up to the opening and spray. Spray enough so there's a little liquid collecting in the ornament. Rotate the ornament to coat the inside.
Sprinkle glitter through the opening, via a funnel or a folded piece of paper. You can put one color on some sections, then pour another color in and rotate to coat the inside.
Let dry, then put the hanger back in!



Hope you enjoy my glitter balls Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009 01:43:53 AM »

Gorgeous! I've gotta try that.  I like the idea of the glitter on the inside.  Nice idea, thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009 02:37:28 AM »

This is awesome!

Now, my mum is a kindergarden teacher (2.5 till 3) and she would love to use your idea as a Christmas craft work with the kids. Can you make this balls with plastic examples too? Because glass and small children, well, you get the picture... We're pondering about the glue, because we're not sure we have glue spray in Belgium too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009 07:11:20 AM »

Very pretty!
I'm actually phobic of glitter because once it is released from whatever container it's in it is virtually indestructible lol...but your glitter balls are very pretty to look at through a computer screen. I know they'd look lovely on a tree too.
Nice work Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009 07:40:50 AM »

I want some! I just adore anything with glitter and these are great since it's confined!
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2009 08:04:25 AM »

Ah, glitter on the inside!  Brilliant!  (The only thing I ever hated about Christmas ornaments was the glitter coming off everywhere)  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009 08:55:41 AM »

OHHHH!  I like this idea way better than paint.  Wink  I'm gonna have to try this.  very perty and a great craft to do with kids. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009 09:18:14 AM »

I've seen similar with paint, but these look nicer, I think, though I wonder how the paint ones would work with the glitter fabric paint instead of solid paint....

Though the green and red ones are more festive for the holidays, I do like the blue one a lot!
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009 09:27:00 AM »

These are so beautiful and mess free (afterwards anyway) lol. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2009 10:41:34 AM »

i love the idea.
i especally like love the silver-blue one in the middle of the 2nd picture.
and the purple and blue ones in general. (i don't know, i'm not a big fan of green and red together)
jay for safe glitter balls :-P

This is awesome!

Now, my mum is a kindergarden teacher (2.5 till 3) and she would love to use your idea as a Christmas craft work with the kids. Can you make this balls with plastic examples too? Because glass and small children, well, you get the picture... We're pondering about the glue, because we're not sure we have glue spray in Belgium too.

i'm pretty sure there's spray adhesive in belgium. i'v never been there, but otherwise i haven't been to any craftstore in europe that didn't carry it.
i always buy it at office-supply-stores (are they called office suppliers or something else? i have no clue)

what about using these clear plastic ornaments that come apart?
like this one: http://www.bastelbedarf-scholz.de/images/product_images/info_images/2081_0.jpg
they come in lots of shapes and sizes. and maybe it's easier to fill for the little ones?
then you could glue a ribbon on to cover the seam to keep them from opening

thanks for sharing the glitter-inside idea!

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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2009 10:42:55 AM »

Very pretty. That looks like a fun (haha) thing to do with the kids. I say ha b/c I'm sure it won't be fun cleaning up afterwords, but probably worth it.
I did it once with the glue/glitter on the outside, what a mess! never again.
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2009 11:01:03 AM »

very cool...love the suggestion about the plastic balls too...will try this with the kiddos over xmas break!
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2009 12:53:17 PM »

I've done this with acrylic paint but I LOVE the look of these with glitter and glue!
Oh yes! A great project to do between now and Christmas!
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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2009 04:15:03 PM »

omg! this is phenominal and sooooooooo much easier than the way ive been doing it! hahaha. trust me do NOT try to use modpodge for this is takes weeks (litterally) to get dry! thanks for the notes on your process.
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2009 05:26:05 PM »

beautiful, my 3 year old niece LOVES glitter, and wants to glitterify everything in the craft room, I have everything I need, so this will be one weeks crafts!  thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2009 05:27:44 PM »

Thanks everyone!

lilibet, I wonder if a glue/water combo would work? It might take a long time to dry, too, but would probably be better for kids. I think the plastic ornaments would work fine.

My favorites are the ones made with all the mixed-up colors that were left at the end. They're almost gaudy, but then that's probably why I like them Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2009 01:35:01 AM »

Oh no, Don't let my sister see these. XD
:3 We painted glass ornaments last year by putting acrylic paint inside and then shaking them but oh my the horror of glitter. XD I'm not a fan of it but thats mainly just using it, it gets everywhere D:.
And these are gorgeous I love all the colors.

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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2009 09:18:23 AM »

great idea! I have done lots of different things with these ornaments, but yours are super-pretty. I always avoid buying the glittery ornaments because of the mess involved (I have a toddler and a cat, so triple it lol)

When I was a kid, I made something similar to these, with potpourrii and glitter and ribbons, but no glue. With the finer glitter, it kind of self-adheres to the glass, so we popped that it, rolled it about and tossed the extra back out into the glitter dish. Then, filled with spiced potpourri (not floral, cuz ew...lol) and put the tops back on with ribbons and bows to decorate the outside. They were pretty, and when placed on the tree, the heat of the lights made the smell of spiced potpourri fill the room - very christams-y smelling Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2009 11:14:31 AM »

This is awesome!

Now, my mum is a kindergarden teacher (2.5 till 3) and she would love to use your idea as a Christmas craft work with the kids. Can you make this balls with plastic examples too? Because glass and small children, well, you get the picture... We're pondering about the glue, because we're not sure we have glue spray in Belgium too.

i'm pretty sure there's spray adhesive in belgium. i'v never been there, but otherwise i haven't been to any craftstore in europe that didn't carry it.
i always buy it at office-supply-stores (are they called office suppliers or something else? i have no clue)

what about using these clear plastic ornaments that come apart?
like this one: http://www.bastelbedarf-scholz.de/images/product_images/info_images/2081_0.jpg
they come in lots of shapes and sizes. and maybe it's easier to fill for the little ones?
then you could glue a ribbon on to cover the seam to keep them from opening

thanks for sharing the glitter-inside idea!



We'll go hunting for that kind of glue soon. I'm sure we'll find it.

Guten Tage Erdbeerblau (lovely name)! Thank you for the idea, but mum and I both prefer the closed Christmas balls. The ornament you showed is a Easter egg, no? Because the kids cannot open the ball, they cannot mess with the glitters. Mum will just pour it in and allow the toddlers to flip the ball over. Much safer, I would say. Thanks for helping us anyway!
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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2009 12:03:38 PM »

thanks lillibet :-)

and yes, it's an easter egg, but it shows how it works (i could not find one useful and big enough picture of ball- or star shaped ones ;-)
if you end up making glitter balls in the gindergarden, you HAVE to tell us about this experience. please. :-D
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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2009 08:17:43 PM »

Yes, I'd like to see how it goes with the kids, too!
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2009 12:49:51 AM »

I'll ask my mum if I can assist and snap some pictures!

For now, we are looking for cheap plastic balls. It's a challenge to google with the word 'balls' *roll eyes* I would love to go to my favourite craft store right now (we have few of those in Belgium), but we're in the middle of some kind of storm, so I'll stay in my warm house for now, and browse the web a bit more. The trickiest part is the cheap side. Mum just bought a cd-player for the class, so her money is almost gone...
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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2009 06:42:34 PM »

Thanks for posting such a clever idea for those of us idea challenged and messy prone. 
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2009 06:44:00 PM »

I love your glitter balls! Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2009 08:28:13 AM »

I adore these so much! I'm going to make them and use black glass paint on the outside to write my family's names  Smiley
Does anyone know anywhere in the UK to find any clear glass ornaments? I've looked everywhere!
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« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2009 09:35:27 AM »

TeaBee, me too, but I've tried it in Belgium.

It's a challenge to google the word 'balls', let me tell you... Wink
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« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2009 10:34:22 AM »

if you can't find them in shops, try online...
ebay listings for "Clear christmas balls" brings up a couple results
here's another result I got:
http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4001201
just try searching a couple different terms, like clear christmas balls, clear glass christmas ornaments, etc
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2009 05:17:40 PM »

These are just beautiful!  I bet this would be a great project for a girl scout troop!  Are you putting these on your tree? Pictures of them on a tree would be very nice.
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« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2009 03:32:11 PM »

search plastic fillable ornament. They have some on AMAZON.com. They open from the middle so you could use spray glue or
white craft glue on a paint sponge to wipe on the inside. The sprinkle glitter on both halves and snap shut! Walla Same effect but kid friendly!
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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2009 01:01:43 AM »

I just decorated the tree last night, but I'm short a strand of lights! As soon as it's properly lit, I'll post a photo.
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« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2009 06:53:40 AM »

I love these so much that I am making some this weekend.  I'm curious though, what size glass ornaments did you use?  The Michaels nearest me is down to only have 3.5 inch balls (Cheesy) left when I called, but that sounds kind of big, no?
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« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2009 04:16:51 PM »

I love this idea so much I think I'll make some myself!
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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2013 03:12:18 PM »

glitter & holidays go hand&hand with me, but my hubby abhors glitter...so this is a perfect solution for me Grin


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« Reply #33 on: October 24, 2013 05:57:33 PM »

Love these! I buy body glitter in bulk so I have tons of colors to work with. Thanks for a cool idea!
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« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2013 11:51:59 AM »

I still make some of these every year. Smiley Recently I've been making them in team colors for fans of various sports teams.
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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2014 05:25:53 AM »

These are AWESOME!  Thank you for sharing this tutorial!  Can't wait to make these this year!
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